From military robots to beer commercials.
A new episode of the Human-Robot Interaction Podcast is available:
The Story Of Boston Dynamics
Boston Dynamics is the rock star of robotics. It recently featured in a beer commercial during the Super Bowl. How did a company that started as a military contractor become a novelty in beer commercials? Dwain Allan and Christoph Bartneck discuss the past, present and future of the company with Robert Cheek and Stephen Hickson.
Google introduced a new feature. You can now look at the ranking of publication venues by discipline and sub-discipline. The HRI conference is listed at place 9 in the robotics area. The CHI conference is on top in the human-computer interaction ranking. In both disciplines, Google has a problem with “Interaction”, since it declares them to be “Unteraction”. The journal “Human-Computer Interaction” is also not listed. I am not sure if this is due to a lack of h-index or due to some other reason.